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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 tons of caramel in the nose.. . fantastic foam, A+ lacing .. . very clean, very smooth, way to much fun .. . abv is dead on perfect .. . a fantastic underrated barleywine, like i said before, just a fun enjoyable beer.. . i wish i had a few more .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahr5xo0ynFE

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tangent (28) - San Pedro, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2006 vintage Poured into a pint glass a dark amber brown color with a small light brown head. Lacing is good. The nose is really sweet. Chocolate and caramel malt aromas. The flavors are very complex. To be honest I couldn’t even put my finger on everything I was tasting! Mostly chocolate and caramel malt flavors, dark fruits - mostly cherry, with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. At 10.2% the alcohol is very well hidden at this point. The body was fairly medium for a barleywine, with good carbonation. As complex as it is, it is done well. Very balanced and drinkable, this one makes for a damn good barleywine. If you have the chance, cellar this for some time! 3 1/2 years did mine justice. This made my day!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Vintage 2006
Hazy ruby-amber color; creamy head. Creamy aroma, malty, with some vanilla and cookies. Very thick mouthfeel, a bit oily too; huge malt and caramel aroma, sweet; the alcohol warmth is clearly perceived; the final is thinner than expected, but with a good mix of caramel and hop; strong bitterness. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 (26Dec2002--draft) A wonderful surprise! Excessively thin head, though surprisingly persistent and effervescent. Still, undercarbonated. Is this a cask-conditioned ale? Again, like the Alaskan Smoked Porter, it may be the bar's fault. For a strong ale, what a pleasant nose; pronounced peaches, with Cascades hops in perfect amount. The best use of Cascades I've tasted yet. Deep copper color. Flavor like the nose. Alcohol (9%) hidden well. Bittering hops balance the malt and fruitiness well. Bravo! Although listed as a barley wine, the bartender called it a 'double IPA'. Makes me wonder if I wasn't indeed drinking Speakeasy's double IPA. Judging from the spotty CO2 priming at that bar, I'd not be surprised. Reminds me more of a seasonal like Sierra Celebration than a full-fledged barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Dark brown amber with a big thick creamy head and sticky lacing. Big hops and ripe fruit aroma. Flavor is overripe fruits alcohol and caramel...I can really taste the caramel! Finish is caramel and citrus with a nice alcohol bite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Sparkling rusty orange, thin tan fizzy head. Room temp brings an intense nose of grapefruit, spruce, brown sugar, mango, and underlying tones of pineapple. This BW is hop-sided, but the deep malty caramel and brown sugar notes aim to balance. Never quite makes it which is fine with me. Rreminds me a bit of a fresh Bigfoot if I was comparing. Full bodied, soft carbonation, fruity, bitter-sweet finish. A real nice after dinner sipper...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
A good-looking brew with a nice balance of malts and hops. Has some initial molasses but a lot of upfront alcohol; too much so. The flavor has some present hops, esp. near the end. An okay barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 8, 2002
An amazingly drinkable barleywine. Deliciously malty with a pop of hoppy goodness at the end. Speakeasy is the best California micro, bar none.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2007
Bottled. Thanks Fredrik. Dark amber colour. Sweetish, hoppy aroma with esters. Light toast. Flavour is rich estery-fruity. Smooth, oily mouthfeel with loads of malts and grapey-citric hops. Bottle was 1/2 year old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. A amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is of caramel malt and heavy on the hops, just my thing. The taste is sweet caramel malt, bread, alcohol and lots of hops, also just my thin. Medium to full body with a sweet hoppy, alcohol burn finish. Jusy my kind of beer!

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